Surface of Mars

Surface of Mars

. The Martian surface viewed from the Viking 1 lander on 3 August 1976. The Martian landscape resembles the rock-strewn deserts of the Earth. The wind-blown dunes create a gently rolling landscape. Drifting dust clings against the wind-eroded rocks and fills the sky. Mars is a cold and desolate world in which the silence is broken by the roar of winds, the hiss of dust, the rumble of mammoth landslides, and perhaps by outbursts of active volcanoes. (Courtesy of JPL and NASA.)

Copyright 2010, Professor Kenneth R. Lang, Tufts University